Cholesterol Under Control- Helping to Live a Longer Healthier Life

By Adam Alpers, D.O.


According to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Resources, high blood cholesterol affects over 65 million Americans and is a serious condition that increases your risk for heart disease. You can have high cholesterol and if you don't get it checked, you will never know that you have it. It is important to lower cholesterol levels that are too high, because lower levels decrease your risk for developing heart disease and having a heart attack.


Eating the proper foods can help keep your cholesterol at appropriate levels. However, sometimes your genetics can make the difference between being able to control your cholesterol by healthy diet and exercise or not. Some people, regardless of how much they attempt to control their cholesterol levels with diet and exercise will not be able to get to the target levels and will have to be prescribed medicine by their health care provider. Another option that is available to try is taking natural supplements and herbs that are designed to lower cholesterol levels more naturally.


There are a variety of natural nutritionals to help lower your cholesterol prior to being placed on the prescription medications. These include a combination of Fish oils, Red Yeast Rice, co-enzyme-q-10 and flax seed oil, just to name a few. For some people these supplements may work to lower their cholesterol numbers into the desired range. However, even when taking supplements for cholesterol issues, you should still have your cholesterol checked on a regular basis. When the natural route just doesn't work, the standard prescription meds may be needed.


What are these benefits? Well, to begin with, reduction in heart disease and reduced incidence of stroke. More importantly, most people who take an active role in getting their cholesterol under control are usually exercising more and eating healthier. This can translate into many years of better overall health. It doesn’t matter what age you are, NOW is the time to start paying attention to your cholesterol. For further information or questions, schedule an appointment and discuss your questions and concerns with your healthcare provider.